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From the Pat Purcell Papers

Mr Duggan and Mr Michael Quinn
By kind permission of Michael Purcell

The following is a collection of pages from letters from the Pat Purcell Papers and released by kind permission of Michael Purcell.

Some are incomplete and some relate to correspondents between a Mr Duggan and a Mr Michael Quinn.  Mr Quinn is believed to come from Ballickmoyler, Co Laois.

Money to spare

John of Tollymore sold his house at £12 and purchased a very fine on at an auction in Newcastle. He is making a great deal of money this summer in Newcastle. I am going down to town to forward half year rent to Commissioners.

I remain Dear James
Yours very truly
Michael Quinn

Ballyhanery Cottage  Newcastle, Co Down   7th June 1905
Duggan } Barton
Quinn    }8th Nov 09

Dear James

Your letters to hand in due time.

I was well pleased to learn by same the very good price you and Mr Delaney received for the 31 beasts.  I have been looking over the price given at the faus in your neighbourhood but you attained the higher rate of any I have seen yet.

I had a letter from John on the 19th, he too is well pleased at the higher price received for the cattle.

Ballagh, Newcastle, Co Down

  5 - 4 - 05

Duggan } Judge
Quinn    }  Rd
5th Nov 09

Dear John         Your welcome letter of 21st ult reached Newcastle on the 1st mail. I am glad that you are all well.

Your former letter was a great relief to me when I learned that your stock in Rossena was all right. And it gives me additional pleasure to learn that they are in fair condition at present.

James visited me here on the 6th Nov last & returned on 18th, his mission was to get £100 – but I could not assist him. He was not aware then neither is ....


Tollymore & Ballagh are in the Parish of  Newcastle in County Down. NI

Coolwaugh, Ballickmoyler
8 - 2 - 1903

Dear Uncle your last favour of 7 units to hand in due time and for which I feel thankful as I think you are treating me too fairly. However I have a little more work during the winter months fothering, so by putting on against the other it will be pretty just. Your stock is very good there. Didi 5 or 6 get thin, more so I do imagine more tho should it’s the younger one that’s making a growth, you have 12 or 13 worth 13 a piece at the present, stores are very dear, would there beany danger of a fall now that the restrictions is taken away, study that. It would be serious mistake.  I was waiting the past two weeks for information from the Land Commission, Mr Tailor told me the days it was hearing so on last Thursday morning I had a notice from Mr Stanly. I will give you the ........? in case you have not got same.

One Mr Commissioner Lynch has......

... will last for 20. half years. I have lin? 20.  I was at bottom of same an......? of the half year and it is returned to me.  The 14 tenants on Upper Ballagh have pin? Leased them holdings from R.C. Cary, Esq., at  21½ years purchase. My rent is £2. 5 6. pa.

Owners; £70 – would buy it out.

There is no necessity why you should make any apology for the manner in which you have ...le? I have read the Presidents speech on St. Patricks Day 60,000.
You need not mind sending on ......? papers less than half what you said will be quite suffient. It has been vey inpensive for you.
I thank you most kindly for your kind enquiry regarding my health which ...? fair, with kind regards to all of .....? yours thankfully
Michael Quinn.

21st July 1960

Dear Sergant

I wish to complain against the way the Pubs are carrying on around here. On Sunday my husband went to 9 O’clock Mass in Arles, got into Kennedys Pub when Mass was over and then left he said at 4 o’clock. He went direct to Rans Kilabin, and got in and stayed till early morning when his money was gone. Now I must buy fags for him for the week and feed him and goodness nows I’m not able to do that, so please put a stop to this affair and oblige.

Mrs Wall


“Dee” Hounigan of Arles is believed to be the person referred to in the above letter.

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